Giants Sign Remaining Players Eligible for Arbitration, Avoid Any Potential Bad Feelings

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Greek Giant

The Giants recently completed new deals by signing Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and George Kontos to avoid arbitration with each of those players. This means the Giants will not have to undergo arbitration and any potential dirty negotiations, for any of their players on the 40 man roster. I like this move a lot because it says so much about the Giants as an organization. Rather than nickel and dime players and create potential animosity in the process, the Giants went on the high side with their contracts to ensure the general good will and warm feelings necessary to build a championship team.

As a business owner I can vouch for the fact that what employees want almost as much as a good paycheck is the feeling that they are valued and acknowledged by management. Baseball players are no different and the Giants, Robert Evans and Bruce Bochy understand this. You may recall recent ugly contract negotiations with stars like Derek Jeter that left all involved feeling like they slimed each other.

Salary arbitration is available to players with 3 years or less with their current team and are due when a contract ends. There are many tales of players feeling slighted and embittered after arbitration negotiations. Salary arbitration is one of the last vestiges of the era when baseball owners controlled the rights of a player without limit and exercised an exceptional amount of power over a player’s career. Today, the first two years of arbitration usually favor the owners when it comes to the size of contracts awarded, with teams often low-balling players (see Pittsburgh Pirates and Gerritt Cole). The third year is when a team may decide to lock a player into a longer and higher contract more deserving of the player’s expected career value. There are exceptions to the rules regarding years and terms of service but generally speaking, arbitration is not a good route to take if you want to make your players feel loved and appreciated.

  • channelclemente

    Breckeroni is in mourning for the weeks events.

    • Bapah

      What did I miss? Something happen?

      • channelclemente

        Fridays without a stain.

        • Bapah

          I don’t know what that means.

          • channelclemente

            After the inauguration, I’ll never see Friday quite the same way.

    • Lunch_Box

      Ringling Bros. is ending because they won’t be able to compete with the circus that will be coming into town this Friday.

  • channelclemente
    • Lunch_Box

      Where are their versions of Francouer and Tanaka?

  • Jobu and the Breck (Rice) ERONI were playing their original drinking game yesterday during the Pack-Dallas game …. Dak-Dallas score – Rodgers-Pack score – URP. By the time they played it during the KC-PITT game they were raising them for Field Goals by the PITT Kicker. They were were being LURKED over by none other than Chris – Woj and Pacman.

    • channelclemente

      Who won? Who cares?

      • Who won – It has been reported.
        Who cares? Unfortunately too many

        • channelclemente

          I look at USA Today for MLB news, and I laughed at myself yesterday when I forgot to look at the NFL results at all.

    • Lunch_Box

      Just like the Niners, KC doesn’t have a QB.

      • Maybe yes Maybe No. Alex led KC to a 12-4 regular season record. He may not have the athleticism that KAP had but after winning the NFL’s player of the month and self reporting his headache – he never should have lost his starting job over those specifics back when it happened.

        • Lunch_Box

          Regular season stats don’t mean a thing if you can’t take your team deep into the playoffs. Yes AS is a good game manager, but he’s not a top tier QB or even in the middle of the pack of QBs who can drive the ball into the end zone. This was his problem in SF and still the problem in KC. Do you want to blame the NFC Championship of 2011 on Kyle Williams? Maybe but the blame is also on AS for being a mediocre QB who can’t take his team to the next level.

          • I know at least my priorities. AS is conservative but when he had to unleash the demon and go toe to toe with HOF QB Drew Brees is did so. My blame goes to Greg Roman and and JH because not once did I personally see JH change a call from Roman out to CK7. Smith would have audibled “out of” the third fade in a row to Crab. And Smith would have not got the game clock so close to 000 that JH would have had to ask for a Time Out, a play by the way that KAP ran solo into the end zone for the lead/win but of course it did not matter. The change in QB as to when it happened should never happened. Staley and Davis were vehemently opposed and then later helped JH smooth over the tumultuous feeling in the locker-room.

            Lots of great QB’s never won the final dance game. Marino and Jim Kelly to name two.

  • Michael Scott

    You peckerheads often ask me where I get inspiration for my lists. OK, no one asks- but I do them anyway. Spoiler alert- this is a dirty list- but it’s OK, it’s a third party dirty list.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZhpf3sQxQ

    • channelclemente

      How’d you and the rain gods make out last week?

      • Michael Scott

        We are fine.

    • Thanks Pal.You’re in Fine Fettle,

    • Bapah

      I remember seeing George do this bit at that little place on Sutter, or maybe Post. It was a little club below street level; damn, can’t remember the name of the place.

  • channelclemente
    • Scout Finch Baseball

      whoa! feel like I’m listening to some Miles Davis!

  • channelclemente
  • channelclemente

    Great BBQ video of N. Korean’s first time to taste American BBQ. Dig the guy with the Giants hat…we’re everywhere.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0TYCEXmi90

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      rad artwork/propaganda!

      • channelclemente

        It’s filmed in S. Korea.

        • Alvise Contarini

          Danger! Beware! Watch your step! This is political stuff! Timē Danaos!

          • channelclemente

            Don’t be a provocateur.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Io sono colui che è.
            I’m he who is.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Just stirring dead water a little. This blog is becoming a “morta gora”

          • channelclemente

            It’s not a particularly happy time amongst the sane.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Panta rei. Everything flows. DT too. Resist.

      • Bapah

        What the hell are you talking about? Your comment seems incongruent to me.

        • channelclemente

          He thought I think it was painted by N. Korea’s version of Diego Rivera, ie, I don’t think he watched it beyond Giants fan.

          • Bapah

            Anything with brisket, ribs and burnt ends I’m gonna watch.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Bingo!

    • Ham & Egging It

      These refugees should be keeping a lower profile for the sake of their loved one’s up north.

    • Jacob Singer

      Have North Koreans even had Korean BBQ?

      • channelclemente

        I don’t think they get to eat meat all that much.

    • Lunch_Box

      I didn’t care for the parts with the people from 12 Bones Co. Thought that was more for marketing purposes. I was more interested in the stories of the four refugees from North Korea.

  • Ham & Egging It

    Cavs have Ws number. I don’t see the Ws winning tonight. The Ws need to acquire a physical presence that can give them 15 minutes of nastiness.

    • Matthew

      Awesome use of reverse psychology, Brother! We got this!

      • Ham & Egging It

        As long as no Ws player is injured tonight I’ll be ok. LBJ will have a game for the ages. Ws will have plenty of time to get better during the long season.

        • Moooooooooose

          Well, you NAILED that one!!

    • Larry Smith ?

      • Ham & Egging It

        As close as you can get to LS.

    • DrLefty

      Yes, poor Warriors. They looked absolutely defeated tonight.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        LOL – I just checked the score and saw the record. 70-12 pace.

        Warrior vs who in the finals? Cavs again?

        • DrLefty

          I can’t see any team other than Cleveland coming out of the East. The Dubs will have a much harder path out of the West, but tonight was a good step forward. It was their first win this season over an elite team, and it was very convincing.

          • channelclemente

            Who did they play?

          • DrLefty

            Cleveland. Won by 35 points. Total beat-down.

    • Sgbssfg

      What game were you watching? Warriors lose by 2, Cav’s by 35. And the D League held their own.

    • Lunch_Box

      How does that crow taste?

    • SurfCity

      Warriors barely lost in the Xmas matchup on the road at Cleveland, 1 travel day after 2 back to back games on the road!

    • The OLD reverser-roo ————————————————–

  • Ham & Egging It
  • Ham & Egging It

    Padawan Javale’s braid is coming in nicely. Master Draymond must be proud.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Crawnik has the countdown steadily dwindling and today I felt a nip of spring in the air.
    The sun punctured through clouds and cold, had to remove a layer while pruning.
    Ran the gas powered lawn mower, smell of cut green grass says spring is in the air.
    The sun stayed out longer, could work outside later; spring and baseball are returning.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6082/6074798068_1bfe88ac40_b.jpg

    • Lunch_Box

      Crawnik…at least no one here is using the nickname, “The Professor.”

  • Michael Scott

    How many players actually had to go to arbitration in recent years? You could probably count them on one hand.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Welcome back. What’s it like out there? Away from the blog?

      • Michael Scott

        Can’t post much anymore. Which is quite frustrating because I so much want to set you all straight.
        BTW, I was referring all MLB players as to arbitration. The Giants are hardly unique in trying to avoid arbitration with their players. It’s a business decision , not because our front office does it out of the goodness in their hearts.
        Now I’m girding for what looks to be the darkest days in our nation’s history. Or perhaps the world, when only Martialis heureka ants survive- until there is nothing left to eat. Did I depress you enough? Alrighty then GNight Footie

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Good night, Big Country Mike.

        • 610nm

          We need your guidance, oh wise one!

        • Alvise Contarini

          No DT can depress me. He’s all YOURS and, please, be careful to keep him down there on YOUR side of the Atlantic.

    • SurfCity

      It seems that the Giants and Belt always came the closest to going to arbitration. Not sure which (if any) of them was playing “hardball.” So it surprised me when they signed Belt to that big contract.

      • 2holehitting

        To quote the Donald about Belt, Over rated

        • channelclemente

          Given his pants on fire problem, I can see the source of his anxiety about belts is well founded.

  • Scout Finch Baseball
    • Scout Finch Baseball

      “Captain Cernan was the last of 12 Americans to set foot on the moon in six Apollo landings. Two other missions were lunar orbital test runs, and Apollo 13 was an aborted landing after a malfunction. While Apollo 17 conveyed the drama of televised moonwalks, the awesome historicity of the Armstrong flight had faded, along with public interest in lunar missions that by 1972 had begun to seem repetitive.”

  • SurfCity

    No it’s nothing to do with Willie McCovey’s number except maybe to us. But the Cubs do have a jersey with 44 on it. World Champion Cubs visit the White House. In a break with precedent, they visited in winter, hurrying their visit before the 44th president leaves office in a few days, after being invited shortly after the WS.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18488717/president-obama-celebrates-world-series-champion-chicago-cubs
    http://images.dailykos.com/images/351230/large/5067.jpg?1484623565

    • GSDUbs

      More precisely, hurrying the visit before #45 arrives.

      • SurfCity

        Did you catch the Dubs game?

        • GSDUbs

          Of course

          • SurfCity

            What did you think of the flagrant foul? I thought it should be just a regular foul. I’m hoping it will be rescinded. Gary St. Jean on Comcast suggested it might be.

          • GSDUbs

            I could see it either way. Draymond just won’t get a break from the refs so i expected the result of the replay. He has no margin for error. If it’s borderline, he wont get the benefit of the doubt.

          • SurfCity

            True, especially against the golden boy LeBron

          • PerSpeier35

            I think Green made unnecessary contact on the play and deserved the flagrant but I hope the refs pay attention on the replay to James’ over the top selling of the foul, his head jerking back was pure Hollywood.

          • steve k

            that’s what bothered me the most. whether or not it was flagrant was questionable, but lebron showed once again that he has zero class. he’s the best player in the game, and he pulls a stunt that a guy like varejo would pull.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Maybe LeBron is the best basketball player all over the world now, but surely he is the poorer sport. Can’t stand his antics with fouls.

      • 2holehitting

        Stupid Arieta

        • Alvise Contarini

          11th — Thou shalt not offend stupid people comparing them to Arrieta.

    • Giants54

      Curious if Arrieta, who was quite pro D Twit, was a no show.

    • dgg

      President Barack Obama: “They said this day would never come. I will say to the Cubs, it took you long enough. I only have four days left. You’re just making it under the wire. Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the Worlds Series. But I did say there has never been anything false about hope.”

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        I wonder if Obama had any comments in jest for Dexter Fowler who has since signed with the arch-nemesis Cardinals.

        “Dexter, what you’ve done is on par with John Kerry signing with Trump’s cabinet”

  • Walter Guest

    I look at this guys minor league numbers and wonder, how could 2 teams have released him? Smelly feet? I don’t know, he looks like a prime prospect to me. Maybe his fielding is atrocious?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/choiji01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-

  • DrLefty

    Here’s on for HaakAway–a Chris Haft piece about HisGuy™ Joan Gregorio.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/213627180/joan-gregorio-brings-mental-acuity-to-mound/

  • Alvise Contarini

    I really love slap hitters, expecially when they hit a double in game 5 of WS. Bring Juanito back!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJg3Q800IQw

    • DrLefty

      I think I read he signed on with the Twins, along with fellow former Giants Ryan Vogelsong and Brett Pill.

      • crawnik

        I thought Perez signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers.

        • Alvise Contarini

          Thank you. Wait a minute, I’ve a half a dollar question for you: How many days to the 4th Victory Parade in Market Street?

          • crawnik

            Too many to count.

          • Alvise Contarini

            Fewer than you might think. Have faith in Orange & Black

          • crawnik

            My faith never waivers Alvise!

          • Sgbssfg

            312 by my count.

        • DrLefty

          Yes, you’re right. Tigers. Oh, well–same division, both start with a “T.” I was close. 🙂

      • Alvise Contarini

        Bad news. Thank you aniway.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      This post is going to get Bapah very excited!

      • Alvise Contarini

        And this one is going to get some New Yorker not so happy.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTOFbJg4-k0

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          could stand to see a few more pull side HRs from BB9.

          • channelclemente

            But you know the key to that is hitting the ball to the opposite field, of course. Why would any pitcher ever give Belt a pitch to pull if he can’t hit a pitch the other way. Why would any defense ever respect Belt enough to move out of a shift until he can go the other way.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Pitchers try to come in on him all the time.

    • And that was after he found out one of his best friends had died. The ball was inches from a HR.

      • paul in p.v.

        Inches.

    • And that was after he found out one of his best friends had died. The ball was inches from a HR.

    • paul in p.v.

      I loves mi Juanito.

  • 2holehitting

    This should be an interesting season. The Giants have done Zero to improve what was an anemic offense in the second half. With Angel being gone, it mightt actually be even worse as Span is a year older.

    • DrLefty

      Agreed. The pitching and defense should be excellent, but they’ll need everything to break right to be competitive–Posey and Pence to produce, Brandons to stay the same or better, Panik to bounce back. It would help if Mac turned into an everyday power hitter, too. It would help a lot.

      • John Myhill

        A number of the hitters had pretty bad babip luck, panik, posey, williamson, and gillaspie in particular, and essentially no one had good luck. The offense wasn’t particularly anemic by giants’ standards, what was bad was babip luck and clutch hitting.

        • channelclemente

          That’s what those uppercut swings will do for you.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Giants seasons have been quite interesting since, when, 2008?

    • Surf Maui

      At, or close to the All-Star break, the Giants had the best record in baseball–without Pence. Since then added Moore, Melancon and Nunez–lost Pagan. Healthy Pence and Pank could make them better, but Williamson as yet a total wild card.

  • crawnik
    • Scout Finch Baseball

      I was wrong. There was a definite nip of winter in the air this morning. Very frosty, ice on the windshield, and the house was only 50 degrees when I got up. Wassup with that???

      • dgg

        Winter. That’s what’s up.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          I’d wager you have more snow en route this week.

          • dgg

            Chance rain or snow Thursday.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      This is better than an Advent calendar!

    • Matthew

      I LOVE JUAN ANTONIO MARICHAL SANCHEZ

      • steve k

        the high kicking dominican dandy

    • paul in p.v.

      What a beautiful sight.

  • Walter Guest

    I was watching some dog rescue videos and, for some reason, it reminded me of two breeds of dogs I came across in northwest Iran. One type of dog, and I have no idea of their specific breed, was the fiercest I have ever come across or heard of. I guess they hadn’t seen many motor vehicles in that area because they would attack ours. One jumped off a bank and landed on the hood of my jeep while I was going at least 40 MPH. He fell off to the side. I think he was unharmed but I wasn’t about to get out and investigate. It weighed at least 60 pounds and, I figured, more than a match for me. Another ran down a trail at full speed and crashed into the grill of a jeep that was traveling toward him at a good clip. This one was killed instantly. I wondered if these dogs were naturally hostile or were trained and for what purpose?

    Those dogs were in contrast to the other breed of dogs the Kurds raised. I could hardly believe it when I saw Greyhounds prancing around the mud brick huts that the Kurds called home. For some reason, I had always thought the Greyhound to be a rich man’s dog. These Greyhounds had to be among the gentlest, friendliest dogs on earth. They must have realized the vahicles we drove were fast because they would challenge us to a race. They would sprint 50 feet or so along the trail and then look back to see if we were coming and look disappointed when we weren’t.

    That’s my dog story.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B366lt4N7z0

  • dgg

    Hank Schulman wrote an article (posted this morning) on how Baseball Hall of Fame voting has become divisive and unfun.

    “Baseball Hall of Fame voting becoming as heated as our elections”
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Baseball-Hall-of-Fame-voting-becoming-as-heated-10861267.php

    • Matthew

      Baseball – the ultimate window into society

    • cabbie

      I’ve got the world’s tiniest violin playing in the background for Hank.

      • dgg

        I don’t understand your response, cabbie.

        • cabbie

          I only skimmed the article, so maybe i missed the point, but my response was more sort of mocking BBWAA writers who are commenting about how hard and ‘unfun’ HOF voting has become. The politics comparison is apt here as well.

          The common refrain among our politicians, thought leaders, pundits, etc. is to bemoan the state of our politics and how divisive it has become, while simultaneously showing a complete lack of self-awareness about the role they have played in our politics becoming that way, whether through their own campaigns, appealing to their party bases, etc. Baseball writers right now strike me the same way- they bemoan these tough HOF choices now while they were the ones who decided at some point that in addition to just being voters, they would get up on their horse and anoint themselves the great moral arbiters of our time, all in the name of saving the children or what not. And now that people are backlashing against that, or questioning that approach, they look around saying “woe, is me. When did this become such a chore?”. Maybe its when you decided to turn a baseball museum into a platform for your own moralizing and self-superiority.

          • DrLefty

            “And now that people are backlashing against that, or questioning that approach, they look around saying “woe, is me. When did this become such a chore?”. Maybe its when you decided to turn a baseball museum into a platform for your own moralizing and self-superiority.”

            BRAVO.

      • Lunch_Box

        Maybe because the decisions shouldn’t be completely in the hands of writers, biased or unbiased.

  • channelclemente

    Apparently Bo Jackson doesn’t know enough about football to have an opinion in some folk’s minds. He could have been ‘Bonds without the juice’.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/01/16/bo-jackson-football-cte-cam-newton/96642018/

    • steve k

      the first half of the 20th century was jim thorpe. the 2nd half was bo.

  • MLB Ump and good guy Jim Joyce Retires – Holbrook & Emmel Promoted

    http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/01/source-jim-joyce-retires-holbrook-emmel.html

    • Matthew

      Forever a hero for how he handled the blown call in Gallaraga’s near-perfecto

      • cabbie

        Agreed, but also kind of sad that in today’s age somebody owning their mistakes and saying “i messed up, and am sorry’ is hero-worthy.

  • MLB Ump and good guy Jim Joyce Retires – Holbrook & Emmel Promoted

    http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/01/source-jim-joyce-retires-holbrook-emmel.html

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    My suggestions for Crawnik’s Opening Day Countdown Calendar pics:

    26 – Mark Gardner
    25 – Barry (Duh)
    24 – Willie (Double Duh)
    23 – Jose Uribe
    22 – Will Clark
    21 – Jeff Kent
    20 – Monte Irvin
    19 – Marco Scutaro
    18 – Kuip
    17 – Huff
    16 – TIE – Pagan / Renteria
    15 – Bob Brenly
    14 – Vida Blue (close call with Casey McGehee)
    13 – TIE – Cody Ross / Omar Visquel
    12 – TIE – Dusty Baker / Joe Panik
    11 – Carl Hubbell
    10 – Johnnie LeMaster
    9 – Matt Williams
    8 – Pence
    7 – Kevin Mitchell (over the shoulder catch photo is a must)
    6 – Robby Thompson
    5 – Ray Durham
    4 – Mel Ott
    3 – Mike Sadek
    2 – Randy Winn
    1 – Bengie Molina
    00 – Hack man

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      This is the type of post that can give Clutch a run for his money, his Big Money, #1.

      • crawnik

        I wasn’t going to post a picture everyday, unless you all want me to be the “Official TWG countdown to Spring Training” guy.

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          You are already! =)

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Done. Business cards are in the mail.

    • crawnik

      Right on some, wrong on some.

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        You’re going for Shinjo in the #5 slot aren’t you…

        • crawnik

          Maybe….

  • Mr. Sarcastic

    My suggestions for Crawnik’s Opening Day Countdown Calendar pics:

    26 – Mark Gardner
    25 – Barry (Duh)
    24 – Willie (Double Duh)
    23 – Jose Uribe
    22 – Will Clark
    21 – Jeff Kent
    20 – Monte Irvin
    19 – Marco Scutaro
    18 – Kuip
    17 – Huff
    16 – TIE – Pagan / Renteria
    15 – Bob Brenly
    14 – Vida Blue (close call with Casey McGehee)
    13 – TIE – Cody Ross / Omar Visquel
    12 – TIE – Dusty Baker / Joe Panik
    11 – Carl Hubbell
    10 – Johnnie LeMaster
    9 – Matt Williams
    8 – Pence
    7 – Kevin Mitchell (over the shoulder catch photo is a must)
    6 – Robby Thompson
    5 – Ray Durham
    4 – Mel Ott
    3 – Mike Sadek
    2 – Randy Winn
    1 – Bengie Molina
    00 – Hack man

  • The Luckiest Man in the world – Rangers Re-Sign Josh Hamilton

    • Walter Guest

      Who was that pitcher some years ago who got chance after chance?

    • Peter Johnson

      He is getting paid 25 million by the Angels either way, so he could stay home , if he wants, so good for him for wanting to play still .

      • channelclemente

        Would you take Hamilton over Duvall?

        • Peter Johnson

          No, can not stay healthy, and is way older, and a worse fielder, and Left handed .

          • channelclemente

            Hamilton in LF, a wash. Offensively, Hamilton has a slight edge.

          • Peter Johnson

            When was this ,Hamilton has not played a full season in 3 years ?

          • channelclemente

            If you count effective ABs, and weight it fairly, it’s a wash. If you project about Hamilton’s future being one of decline, yes, but the issue about Duvall is can he adjust, or is his 2nd half of 2016 predictive of his future. The point is Duvall is a crap shoot and Hamilton over 2-3 years is a declining certainty. So for a one year peek at future expectations, the risk on either is about the same for 1 year.

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      I feel pretty lucky myself.

      • Doubtful you and Mrs Footy will feel as fulfilled – unless you “manufacture” at least one small Foothill offspring.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Oh well. Four legged friends will have to do.

          • dgg

            This is a very gracious response, Ryan.

          • Ryne is always gracious.

          • Reymundo is MyGuy ™

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            He’s a good guy. Fluffy as ever.

  • channelclemente
    • Scout Finch Baseball

      I like your jazzy moods. Jarrett Parker approves as well. Says Mac the knife is better suited for butter.

  • Wally Pipp

    RIP Peter Sarstedt

    Last week saw one of the first musical losses of 2017, British singer/songwriter Peter Sarstedt. Though not very well known UP here or in the States, he had a huge hit in the UK (and internationally) with ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)’ in 1969. It was that song – which had the sound of early Leonard Cohen, with a very healthy dash of French chanson – that brought him some new level of fame when it was used by Wes Anderson for the soundtrack of ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ in 2007. Sarstedt was born to a British family in India, and started in a ‘skiffle group’ with his brother Clive (later known as Robin) Sarstedt, and their older brother Richard was a pop star in the UK under the name Eden Kane. ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ was Sarstedt’s follow-up hit in the UK, making it into the Top 10. ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ had the feel of some of the records by the Bee Gees or Tom Northcott from the same period. It has a wonderful arrangement – by Ian Green, who also arranged Sharon Tandy’s epic reading of ‘Our Day Will Come’ and Rosetta Hightower’s classic cover of Eddie Floyd’s ‘Big Bird’ – will all kinds of interesting touches. Sarstedt had an engaging tenor, and a great way with lyrics. The flip side, ‘Aretusa Loser’ has a looser, boogie feel to it that suggests a slightly later, pub rock feel (maybe even a little Stealers Wheel).Sarstedt never had another big hit, but continued to record through the 70s and 80s, including a collaboration with his brother Clive. He continued to perform until his retirement in 2010 but he’s invigorated UP here and has been playing non-stop since his arrival.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IWnDIxddFY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oX-v01yVKI

    Others who did NOT spend time in Purgatory – with Billy Martin, Eric the Actor, or Joey Boots were:
    Lord Snowdon
    Buddy Greco
    Astronaut Eugene Cernan
    Superfly https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/262b87c980f9af7d255d4baa61fecc5892b7d1b37c9a1c9366db0fb658433767.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/adaa8cefc2ffae0149ba6c2cdc096d5e08c8cb6faa2c46a44f554ba98e99853e.jpg Snuka
    Zhou Youguang,
    William Peter Blatty
    Dick Gautier
    Tony Rosato
    Roy Innis
    Clare Hollingworth
    Zygmunt Bauman
    Om Puri

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    I’m interested in the RobDeer story. How is it that he came to be?

    Until that’s published in Harper’s, “Miggy Gomez” will just have to do. And while that’s not available, I’ll just have to read about Oliver Twist.

    • RobDeer

      Realized you had to subscribe. Im working on it.

      • RobDeer

        I failed. I’m gonna punch Steve Kroner in the face.

      • Scout Finch Baseball

        Subscriptions around the house, on Rob, woo-hoo!

    • Moooooooooose

      A stork brought him.

  • channelclemente

    Intersting analysis of various lineup makeups and performance in regular season vs playoffs for the Warriors and Cavaliers.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/these-cavs-warriors-games-are-not-previews-of-the-nba-finals/

  • One yr deal for Joey Batts and the Jays

  • channelclemente

    With the decline in likelihood of Dozier moving to 2B for the Dodgers, finding the Dodgers a 2B has become something of a hot stove parlor game. This goes out to Footy.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-find-the-dodgers-a-second-baseman/

    • Scout Finch Baseball

      Enrique Hernandez and the Cuban guy, Fernandez, with some other filler guys getting a shot and perhaps one of their top prospects that clubbed 27 HRs in AA last year, Willie Calhoun, makes it up in the 2nd half.

      • channelclemente

        I’d say, quit playing lineup lotto and pick people who can actually play. FG thinks Baez from the Cubs is a real option.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          That’s not happening.

          Mayhaps Chase Utley returneth.

          • channelclemente

            It very well might. MLB operates by its own imperatives and value assessments, not yours.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            You got that right.

            Logan Forsythe has made a lot of sense to me – if not Dozier, or Kinsler.

          • channelclemente

            That to, but without pitching improvement, I don’t think the Cubs have a chance of winning another WS much less holding serve in the NL.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            The field has a better chance of winning than the Cubs, but Cubs have the best chance in the NL and are a good shot to get to 100 wins, again.

            Cubs, Red Sox, or Indians vs. The Field is an interesting bet, IMO.

          • channelclemente

            My guess, 92-93 wins.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Conservative, like Ricketts 😉

          • channelclemente

            No, just rational, and supported by the Pythagorean.

      • Walter Guest

        The Dodgers must think a lot of Calhoun. They promoted him through 3 levels on his first year so he’s in AA at the age of 21. That’s the kind of aggressive promotions the Giants almost never do. Now he’ll be in AAA next year, on the cusp of the majors. You gotta give them credit.

        • Scout Finch Baseball

          Sandoval comes to mind

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Belt?

          • Walter Guest

            Sandro Fabian, an 18 Y.O. outfielder, had a line of .340 .364 .522 .886 in rookie league. He spent the whole year there. There are many other examples.

  • Scout Finch Baseball

    Tigers in touch with Ser Gregor Blanco.

    https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/821418386940891140

    • RobDeer

      Him and Juan Perez are gonna make one helluva platoon.

      • Scout Finch Baseball
        • RobDeer

          Good thing it’ll be a platoon.

          • Scout Finch Baseball
          • RobDeer

            Elias!!

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            I had a Platoon role playing board game – with multi-sided dice.

          • RobDeer

            And here I thought all dice were multi-sided.

          • Scout Finch Baseball

            Hickory dickory dock, Dice Man.

          • channelclemente

            Andrew.

          • RobDeer

            I have a soft spot for him. And The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is classic, in my book.

          • channelclemente

            Raven Shaddock!

        • steve k

          they just wanted to make it interesting..never a prob

        • DrLefty

          …shudderrrrrrr….the moment that Gregor Blanco almost become a 21st century Fred Merkle…

        • Alvise Contarini

          You have to show this one too, in order to be credible.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu2wRJoDVH0

          • Bapah

            Next should be the wall-climbing basket catch by Juanito.